Two local acts play a pretty big venue. Both The National and Yeasayer have the sort of ambition commensurate to the task of entertaining thousands of people in America’s most famous urban idyll; the sonics differ, but the dynamics—e.g., constant swelling—do not. The National earned a lot of goodwill from their last two records, 2005’s Alligator and 2007’s Boxer, which both put frontman Matt Berninger’s too-grave-for-indie baritone up front, a savvy decision for a band pitching itself to dudes who’ve run out of Springsteen records to buy. They’re suited to making the moment theirs, like it or not. Meanwhile, Yeasayer are four extremely dopey-looking guys who nod at both new age and African pop on their way to becoming what this publication once called “the Rusted Root it’s okay to like.” Come for the drum circles; stay for the catharsis. With Plants and Animals.
Mon., Aug. 4, 6:30 p.m., 2008